The local political dynasties

Madhuri Misal

Narendra Modi may have lashed out at the dynastic politics of the Congress at the Centre, but the trend is not confined to Delhi. Dynasties dominate across party lines and Pune is no exception. There are several leaders who while climbing the political ladder from the civic body to the state legislature, have ensured that family members fill the space they have vacated. These MLAs have been subtly but surely introducing their kin in the local bodies.

The Nimhans of Pashan

Family members in politics:

In Pashan, the Nimhans are a dynasty. While Congress MLA Vinayak Nimhan spelt out his MP dreams in June last year when he openly opposed incumbent MP Suresh Kalmadi being offered a grand welcome when he returned to the city post the CWG scam, his son Chandrashekhar Nimhan is already a corporator and the chief of the Youth Congress in the city.

The surname can be seen roads, chawls, restaurants and construction works in Pashan-Baner trace the surname, though not necessarily to the father-son duo of Vinayak and Chandrashekhar Nimhan.

The family name is ubiquitous in their constituency, and the name can be seen from roads and chawls to restaurants and construction works in Pashan-Baner, though not necessarily attributed to the father- son duo of Vinayak and Chandrashekhar Nimhan. What makes the family omnipresent in their constituency is their political presence across party lines.

Take for instance Suhas Nimhan, the MNS candidate for the recent corporation elections who gives credit of his political upbringing to MLA Nimhan, which his official website, too, notes. "Suhas Nimhan laid the foundation of his political career under the guidance of Mr Vinayak Nimhan and began to participate in social activities," says the website.

Yet another Nimhan Pramod was an NCP corporator until 2012. In the 2012 Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) elections when Pramod from panel 10 had to step aside in the 2012 PMC elections owing to reservation of the seat for women, finding a candidate was not a difficult task. He accommodated his wife Sushma and she won by a comfortable margin. Pramod, however, lost from neighbouring Panel 8 (Baner).

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